Police officer attacked, three arrested

Three Baton Rouge teenagers were arrested late Saturday, accused of punching and kicking a Baton Rouge police officer during a fight at Chili’s Grill and Bar on Constitution Avenue.

According to arrest affidavits of probable cause, the officer, Cpl. L. Mitchell, was near the front door at about midnight, talking to a customer who had cursed at an employee. That’s when someone hit Mitchell from behind, knocking him to the ground.

While down, the attackers punched and kicked Mitchell, the affidavits say. Video surveillance identified the attackers as Rineisha D. Smith, Dequincy D. Mccray, and Rodney D. Lee, all 17 years old.

Mitchell, who was working extra duty at the restaurant at 4550 Constitution Ave., required stitches to close a cut on his chin.

Smith and Mccray told other officers that they attacked Mitchell because he was following the woman, accused of using the foul language, out of the restaurant, the affidavits say. Officers did not say what the relationship is between the woman and the three suspects.

Smith, 1650 Elvin Drive, Lee, 1735 N. 44th St., and Mccray, 6281 Bluegrass Drive, were each booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery, disturbing the peace and resisting an officer with violence, prison records show.